Village of Menands Parks now Tobacco-Free!

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on August 16, 2016
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Last night, the Village of Menands Board voted unanimously to make all village parks tobacco-free. The new law prohibits the use of traditional tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.

The policy statement introducing the new law summed up pretty well the benefits of tobacco-free shared public spaces:

“Tobacco-Free parks enhance visitors’ enjoyment of clean air, natural beauty and healthy activities, reduce tobacco related litter, communicate a positive message to the community that tobacco use is not compatible with active, healthy living and reduces maintenance and fire risks.”

Congratulations to the Village of Menands for putting community health first!


Schenectady County Legislature Votes “YES!” to Raise Legal Age for Tobacco Sales to 21!

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on August 10, 2016
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Last night in an 8-4 vote, the Schenectady County Legislature voted to increase the minimum age for the legal sale of tobacco products to 21, following in the footsteps of more than 184 municipalities in ten states, including New York City, the New York State counties of Albany, Chautauqua, Cortland and Suffolk, and the states of Hawaii and California.

Thank you to the Schenectady County Legislature for voting “Yes” to a proven community health strategy that will reduce youth smoking.

Learn more about T-21 at tobacco21.org. And follow local coverage of Schenectady County here:

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Look who’s gone tobacco-free in 2016

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on August 4, 2016
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Congratulations to the following businesses and organizations that made their properties tobacco-free since the beginning of 2016. The Capital District community is a healthier place because of their efforts.

Delmar Family Medicine
Albany Public Library
Atlas Copco
Bethesda House
Duanesburg Little League
Emmanuel-Friedens Church
Nassau Baseball Association
Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson
Storeaway Inc.
Union College